Why did we develop Lumma?
We began working on Lumma to help our family and friends who struggle with taking their pills and staying healthy. Once we realized how widespread the problems of medication mismanagement are, we developed Lumma to be an effective and affordable solution for everyone.
We understand the struggles people go through to take and keep track of their medications and supplements. Millions of people take multiple pills each day and an estimated 40% struggle to stick to their plans. These avoidable problems rob us of good health and drain our health system of an estimated $300 Billion annually!
Lumma (LITE's Ultimate Medication Management Apparatus) is the first system, for home use, that completely automates the medication experience. The Lumma device automates sorting and dispensing of pills. A companion mobile application notifies you when it's time to take your medications and keeps track of everything.
Who is Lumma for?
Anyone who takes medications or supplements and wants to be more organized and not worry. We purposely designed Lumma to work for anyone, of any age! If any of the following scenarios sound familiar, Lumma can help you or a loved one.
- Accidentally miss dosages
- Unsure if you took or didn't take your pills
- Take medications as needed, but don't keep track of when you take pills or how many you take
- Don't think you need to take your pills, despite physicians and loved ones telling you otherwise
- Constantly worry if a loved one took his or her pills
- Find it difficult to physically sort pills
Studies show as much as 70% of us regularly take medications and about 50% of us regularly take vitamins and supplements. As shown in Figure 1 below, taking multiple medications is an affair for Americans of all ages. Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
If you think you are the only one who struggles with managing all these medications, know that you are not alone. Researchers have found that about 40% of us don't stick to our medication regimens!
We understand how easy it is to forget about taking a pill before leaving for work or running off to school, for example. But these errors add up over time and jeopardize your health. Scientists have discovered that the more you forget to take your pills, the more likely you are to be hospitalized (Figure 2) and the more you will spend on medical costs (Figure 3)! Source: Medical Care Journal
We developed Lumma to help. We don't want you, your loved ones, and doctors to worry anymore about whether or not you took your medications. We want you to stay healthy and not waste your hard earned income on large hospital bills!
Graphs 2 and 3 are based on a study of patients with diabetes. The same study has additional data for various ailments.
Often we find that health devices look like they belong in a hospital. The industrial equipment-look deters us from using and displaying these products. For Lumma, we wanted to design something that blends in with kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom decor. The design's curvature fades it into any background; however, the touchscreen is inviting to anyone.
Additional Design Features
- Large, front dispensing space to accommodate medicine cups or travel cases
- Top lid opens, so you can always manually access your pills. Lumma will keep track of when the lid opens so you'll know if anyone has tampered with your pills
- Built-in touch screen and computer - Lumma can function with or without a Bluetooth-connected phone or tablet. You can always operate Lumma with the built-in touch screen.
- Plug Lumma into any outlet with its power adapter
- Emergency battery back-up
How it Works
Lumma uses a sophisticated, proprietary, and patent-pending set of mechanics to automate the sorting and dispensing of pills. The mechanics are designed to be able to sort and dispense any and all FDA-approved pills.
Each type of pill is sorted into its own, unique reservoir. This will allow you to always be able to manually access your pills. Lumma will keep track of which reservoir has each type of pill.
We currently offer two models - Model 6 and Model 12. Model 6 can hold up to a 3-month supply of 6 different types of pills. While Model 12 can hold up to a 3-month supply of 12 different types of pills.
Both models can have up to two users. For example, if you take 2 medications each day and your significant other takes 4 medications each day. You two can share one Model 6.
Alternatively, if you take 4 medications each day and your significant other takes 5 medications each day. You two can share one Model 12 or get two Model 6's.
While creating our app, we wanted to construct a beautiful and modern layout that is approachable and intuitive for someone who isn't tech savvy. Our clean design makes all your information clearly labeled and only one or two clicks away. Feel free to check out more photos of our app on our website: GetLumma.com
We have developed our app for Android and iOS. We are currently in development of a web application that will sync with the mobile platform. Our web application will have a special Provider Portal for health professionals, so you will be able to share your history with doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.
All of our Kickstarter supporters will receive Early Access to download our mobile app in Fall 2015! This version of the app will notify you of when it's time to take your medications and keep track of how you're doing. When you receive the Lumma device in March 2016, your app data will help you setup your device.
Where We're At
About a year ago, after nearly 100 prototypes, we developed the perfect set of mechanics to both sort and dispense pills. After months of testing and fine tuning, we're happy to report that the mechanics are working flawlessly.
We have pending patent and trademark applications. We have all the renderings, PCB designs, and lists of components required to initiate the production process. This is where we need your help. We need your support to bring Lumma out of development, through fabrication, and into your home.
We have the perfect mixture of engineers, programmers, designers, and researchers working together to make sure that we are developing effective and safe products.
The Lumma team is led by Jason Littman and Terence O’Shea. Jason and Terence met in the first grade and have been best friends since. Jason is an accomplished biomedical researcher, while Terence is an experienced industrial engineer, specializing in mechanics and product design.
Beginning in 2014, Jason and Terence brought together programmers, designers, and biomedical engineers to complete the team. Prior to working on Lumma, our team has collectively led genomic studies, designed metal fabrication machinery, developed web hosting platforms, and created government mobile applications. Our skills and experiences have afforded us the unique opportunity to develop a sophisticated system like Lumma.
Feel free to contact us for more information or to obtain press releases via e-mail, phone, or text:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone/Text: (518) 94LUMMA
We've been designing, engineering, building, and testing Lumma for over a year and it's finally time to share our work. Over the coming months, we want to learn about your needs for notifications, adherence tracking, and sharing, so you will be delivered the perfect product.
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All of our rewards can be shipped to you or shipped as a gift to a loved one. All recipients of Lumma will receive detailed instructions and links to instructional videos about how to use and setup the device.
Risks and challenges
Hardware development and manufacturing are complex processes, so we are being very thoughtful and careful about how we proceed. Unexpected changes in component availability, changes in costs, and intellectual property disputes are examples of factors that are outside of our direct control and could affect our delivery timeline. We are working hard to mitigate these risks and place a high value on being transparent throughout the delivery process.
Since taking medications and supplements can be vital to one’s well-being, we are actively making safety our number one priority during product development. Of course there are always risks, such as human error and hardware malfunctions, with using a device of this nature.
Lumma and its associated applications do not cure, treat, or prevent illness or conditions. Lumma and its associated applications are only intended to make the experience of taking medications easier. A user must always follow all the instructions included with Lumma. A user of Lumma is still responsible for maintaining his or her own well-being. If a user ever has any doubts about using Lumma, he or she should consult with a physician.
Please note that the final look and functionality of Lumma may be subject to change based on your feedback and circumstances outside of our control.
That being said, thanks to our incredible team, we have been able to develop working prototypes and develop the renderings required for Lumma to enter the manufacturing process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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